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Thread #14518   Message #125327
Posted By: Bruce O.
18-Oct-99 - 05:39 PM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: Home, Boys, Home (from The Dubliners)
Subject: RE: Home, boys, home by The Dubliners
A song in Cromeks 'Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song', 1810 has as a burden, "Hame, hame, hame, hame fain wad I be, O hame, ham hame, to my ain countrie", and is probably by Allan Cunningham.

We see the model for the chorus in "The Northern Lasses lamentation", (ZN1896) "O the oak, the ash and the bonny ivy tree, Doth flourish at home in my own country", published by P. Brooksby, 1672-84. A condensed version is file NCNTRYM2 in DT. Two tunes for it are B225, and B226 among the broadside ballad tune on my website, although the identification of B225 is a bit shaky.

Two other broadside ballads calling for its tune are ZN1789, and ZN143, the latter being "The Dumb Maid", Laws Q5, and in DT as "Dumb, Dumb, Dumb".

As to the song here, reworked versions are common enough that it's not easy to find prototype traditional versions, or to figure out what is truly traditional about many, including the 3 in DT. A note in 'The Traditional Ballad Index' on the internet sums up the dilema quite nicely: "NOTES: This is a complex of related ballads deserving extended study. - EC Amen! They are grouped together here not because I'm sure they're all the same but because I'm not skilled enough to tell them apart. R.B.W."